'I really will hurt her ... I will kill her'
Shortly before she killed her six-year-old daughter Kiesha, Sydney woman Kristi Abrahams allegedly told her own father she was "sick" of the child and would "hurt" and "kill" her, a court had heard.
But the 30-year-old maintains that she did not intend to murder the little girl, but gave her "a little nudge", which caused her to fall.
The revelations came during the first day of Abrahams' sentencing hearing over the July 2010 murder of Kiesha Weippeart, who was killed at her home in Mt Druitt and then dumped in a bushland grave about a week later.
Three years after the murder, on June 17, Abrahams pleaded guilty to the crime.
Crown Prosecutor Chris Maxwell told the NSW Supreme Court on Monday that, shortly before she was arrested, Abrahams told an undercover police officer that she had given Kiesha "a little nudge" with her foot while trying to get her to put her pyjamas on, and the child then "fell and hit her head on the bed".
"The prisoner said that the deceased 'went funny'," Mr Maxwell told the court.
"She put her in the shower to wake her up."
The little girl was making "weird noises" and "felt like jelly", Mr Maxwell said.
Abrahams, 30, said she and her partner then put Kiesha on a fold-out mattress and "went to bed". When they woke up the next morning she was dead.
But Mr Maxwell said that there was strong evidence Abrahams had in fact intended to murder or cause serious bodily injury to her daughter.
Mr Maxwell said Abrahams' father would give evidence at the sentencing hearing that she had called him shortly before the murder and said she was "sick" of her daughter.
"He will give evidence [that] the prisoner said to him words to the affect of 'I'm sick of her, she s***s and p****s in bed, she f***s up at school ... I will hurt her, I really will hurt her ... I will kill her'."
The court also heard that while the exact cause of Kiesha's death could not be determined because her remains had decomposed prior to examination, there was clear evidence of severe trauma to the head consistent with multiple blows.
A forensic dental expert, Allan Middleton, told the court that fractures to Kiesha's teeth were "abnormal" and that some were consistent with an "upward blow".
"They were consistent with a sporting type of injury," he said.
"The impact was abnormal and unnatural. The recipient couldn't have had any idea as to what was happening."
Mr Maxwell said that on the basis of this and other evidence the Crown would be arguing that Abrahams had intended to murder Kiesha or at least cause her serious bodily harm, as opposed to the woman's claim that she was guilty of "reckless indifference to human life".
The hearing continues.
Sydney Morning Herald